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While some users are contended with sheer efficiency alone, many realize the need for accurate and easy readings of pressure, amperage, etc. and so look for digital or analog meters that are integrated into the body of the cutter in addition to the general need for efficient cutting and sufficient cooling and safety systems.
The Ramsond CUT 50DY claims to provide all of these at a price point lower than many weaker – not to mention difficult-to-read machines – in the market.
This naturally raises questions regarding quality, especially when the market already has leaders like the Lotos LTP5000D Pilot Arc Plasma Cutter. To understand whether this unit is indeed a value for money proposition on par with the Lotos and Hobart offerings, a detailed review is called for.
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- Type: HF Inverter Plasma Cutter
- Voltage Capacity: 110and 220V
- Cutting Thickness: 1” (severance) 3/4” (clean cut)
- Weight: 19 pounds
- Warranty: 1 year on parts and labour
Build Quality and Design
The Ramsond CUT 50DY’s design is the fourth refinement of a highly popular Ramsond design, and in this iteration, it is as compact and portable as the other best plasma cutters in the market. Coupled with a weight of just 19 pounds and a foldable handle that is heat-resistant, these make the unit ideal for any workshop or on-field location.
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Further, if we look more closely at the design, we notice that Ramsond’s cuboidal design comes with a row of vents along the sides of the of the unit, which not only allow for efficient expulsion of heat, but also allow for a certain degree of cross-ventilation.
In terms of ports, both ends of the machine contain well-spaced out ports that are located along either the top or the bottom, leaving the meters and displays uncluttered.
Speaking of displays, there is an analog meter that shows the current pressure, while a digital display above it shows the amperage (see below).
These are positioned in a manner that allows for easy viewing regardless of the position in which one is carrying out the cut. Finally, the torch itself is ergonomically designed and comes with almost all parts pre-connected.
In terms of build quality, the unit is made of thick gauge steel that is both durable and light. This, while contributing to the easy portability mentioned above, also helps make the unit much more easy to disassemble and carry out plasma cutter maintenance, than would otherwise have been possible.
Ease of Use
The package comes with virtually all connectors, air hose and pipes and these coupled with the simple design, make for easy assembly. Once the assembly is complete, the in built air compressor unit of the plasma cutter can be set to any pressure level – up to a remarkably high 150PSI – and the power cords connected.
While the power cord itself has to be sourced separately depending on whether one is using a 110V power supply or 220V, the machine itself has a dual voltage system that allows for instant recognition and equally efficient functioning of the unit regardless of the voltage used.
Hereafter, the air hose can be connected with minimal adjustment of either the cutting table or the machine courtesy of the hose having a generous length of 10 feet.
The last steps prior to cutting are setting the amperage and starting the arc. One of the benefits of using a plasma cutter with a digital amperage display is that you get an exact figure instead of obtaining a visual approximate (as happens with an analog unit).
While some people have complained that the cutter comes with an analog pressure gauge, they have admitted that the dial and markings are large enough for easy operation.
With installation being quick and monitoring easy, the Ramsond CUT 50DY proves to be a great tool for quick and efficient cutting even when the user is an amateur.
As our plasma cutter reviews would have shown, many of the best cutters come with HF inverter circuitry. Where the unit really stands out though is in the use of Toshiba’s V-MOSFET transistors, which, coupled with the unit’s ability to use current up to 50A, allows for maintenance of a thin, accurate and steady stream of current.
This makes for cuts that are cleaner and faster than that of the competition. Add PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) technology and you also have a plasma stream that is concentrated, leading to uniform cuts over large areas.
The combination of these features also provides the unit with unmatched versatility in terms of cutting thickness and range of metals. In terms of the former, the unit is capable of delivering clean cuts till a thickness of 3/4th inch while achieving severance even when the metal thickness is 1 inch.
Complementing this unbelievable cutting ability is the unit’s proficiency in cutting a wide range of metals including mild steel, stainless steel, copper, brass, iron and aluminium. Notably, all of this is managed without causing distortion or damage to the metal.
Maintenance and Safety Features
As mentioned above, the unit comes with sturdy but light outer coverings and these can be removed quickly for easy maintenance. User safety, on the other hand, is guaranteed by the presence of a German designed cooling system that keeps the entire motor assembly running smoothly even when the unit is being pushed beyond its limits.
Coupled with the fact that a duty cycle of 60% puts such limits beyond those of the average unit, this cooling system ensures that no matter what the cut required, the Ramsond CUT 50DY is capable of completing the work without causing heating issues.
The Ramsond CUT 50DY comes with a 1 year warranty on parts and labour.
- Compact and light design with insulated foldable handle.
- Digital amperage display and analog pressure gauge integrated for easier monitoring.
- Long air hose ensures improved manoeuvrability.
- Dual Voltage System for efficient functioning regardless of electrical specifications.
- Capable of handling air pressures of up to 150PSI for high intensity cutting processes.
- V-MOSFET transistors and PWM system allow for concentrated, accurate and clean plasma cutting
- Maximum severance of 1 inch very difficult to match in this bracket.
- Cuts wide range of metals including brass, copper and aluminium.
- No plug provided for either 110V or 220V
- Pressure gauge could have been a digital display.
While the Ramsond CUT 50DY may be found lacking on a few counts of convenience, it cannot be denied that the ability of the unit to achieve severance of up to 1 inch courtesy of a combination of V-MOSFETs, PWM and HF inverter technology is indeed remarkable.
Considered along with its ease of use and ability to cut a huge range of metals, these make the unit one of the few products that provide true versatility in so compact a package.